6- Nitrozac & Snaggy
The team of Nitrozac and Snaggy are the creators of GeekCulture.com,
self-described as the "high-tech humor website and online community
for geeks and geek wannabees." It's also the home of their hit webcomic
The Joy of Tech,
a comic about technology and pop culture. They like to feature tech
news topics that focus on Apple products and its events. Here they poke
some fun at how secretive Steve Jobs was in advance of rolling his out
his latest toy, the iPad (see "The $1000 Apple Tablet Remains A Secret Until The Big Reveal " ).
7- Hill & Shah
Shah is an entrepreneur, angel investor and writer. As an entrepreneur,
he launched Pyramid Digital Solutions, which he later sold to SunGard,
and today he's the Founder and CEO of HubSpot,
a venture-backed software startup that offers an inbound marketing
system for small businesses. As an investor, he backed 11 companies,
including Venture Hacks. And as a writer, he's co-authored Inbound Marketing and blogs regularly at OnStartups.com.
His partner Hill is apparently publicity-shy as there is no bio to be
found online. Here, Hill and Shah lampoon the infamous social
bookmarking site Digg that is notorious for indiscriminately burying
stories they don't like (also see my previous blog titled, "The Jigg Is Up, Digg - Time to JerryRigg!")
8- Oliver Widder
Geek and Poke is
the brainchild of Oliver Widder, the witty 38-year-old IT cartoonist
who lives in Hamburg, Germany and has turned his humorous gaze on any
number of techie topics, from Twitter to Wikis to Facebook. In this
toon, he focuses on the hype that surrounds cloud computing, a topic that often is perceived as a lot more than what it really is.
9- Mark Parisi
bio reads, "After many odd jobs and a graphic design degree from Salem
State College, Mark felt he had two marketable skills: cartooning and
grocery bagging. He decided to choose cartooning, even though it didn't
pay as well. With influences ranging from Charles Schulz, MAD Magazine and,
more obviously, Gary Larson, he started self-syndicating his comic
panels in 1987." Anyone who has a Facebook account can certainly relate
to this "Off The Mark" toon.
10- Cathy Thorne
are not many female cartoonists focusing on social media these days, so
I was glad to include Cathy Thorne's outstanding work in my TOP TEN
list. Living in Toronto, Cathy's toons have been picked up by
Australian and New Zealand newspapers as well those that are closer to
home like the Toronto Star. Her work has also been featured on the JerseyShoreMoms.com, but we won't hold that "Situation" against her. In this "Everday People Cartoon" she describes how social networking can sometimes distance us versus bring us together.
there you have - this year's "TOP TEN Social Media Cartoonists." Please
vote for your favorite or let us know if we omitted one that you favor
more. Also if you like toons, take the time to visit each one of the
cartoonists' Web sites. Their portfolios are extraordinary.
And as a bonus, here is another kidd millennium toon. If you remember, last year the Dalai Lama's imposter had to be excommunicated from Twitter.